information is private and only given to members. However, many
non-members ask for breeder recommendations, either to get started
in the hobby, or to find a good quality pet. So, this Breeder
Referral List was established as a voluntary way for AWS members
to authorize contacting them about obtaining American Waterslager
The purpose of the
AWS website Breeder's List is to promote the Waterslager via the
internet. Shipping birds is becoming more difficult. There is
nothing like actually listening to the birds, and meeting members.
It is our intent to assist people in locating responsible breeders
who have the Waterslager's best interest at heart.
The American Waterslager Society or its officers assumes no responsibilities
for claims of its members, regarding either quality or health
of their birds. This information is provided to the public for
convenience, buyers and sellers assume all risks!
the song! Attend shows! Ask for and review judge's score sheets.
this wonderful canary!
you are interested in being listed on the AWS Breeder Referral
List, you need to be a member in good standing.
Membership and Band Order Form:
(follow the Join link to the right)
Are you looking to purchase a Waterslager
Here are a few suggestions.
1. Join the AWS, American Waterslager Society. When you join AWS,
you will receive a membership list. This list will give you contacts
in your area. You will have a ready resource of people to call
for information and assistance.
2. Buy the best birds you can find. The price between an average trio
and a great trio is well worth the difference. A good male will
bring you many years of enjoyment and well worth the added price.
3. All pedigree Waterslagers should be banded with an AWS or European
band. Ask the seller to explain the band information to you. Each
band contains the breeders id number, the year born and the individual
4. Seller should furnish pedigrees on all birds sold. You need to
know the background in order to maintain and breed quality birds.
5. Call several breeders and listen to their birds. Ask if their birds
have been scored. Make your selection after you've done some research
and know the song you're looking for. Start your search in the
early fall, so you will be ready to obtain a bird when the breeder
is confident of the quality and the birds are singing their trained
song. Have patience and make a good knowledgable choice.
6. Waterslagers are available in two colors only - yellow or white.
A tic or smudge of black is acceptable.
7. This webpage has a list of breeders, but it is only a small portion
of breeders. It will give you a start. There are also scores from
previous shows posted. This will give you an idea of the quality
of bird to be looking for.
8. Listen to the birds you are going to purchase. Make sure you are
getting what you want. Don't buy a Waterslager because someone
has them for sale. I strongly believe you won't be disappointed
if you take the time and buy a good bird from someone who will
let you listen to them and explain the differences in notes you
9. Bring a cage with you - perches should all be at a lower level
for transport. Have a dark cloth or towel to cover cage. Ask the
breeder for a sample of seed to feed your bird until it get accustomed
to your seed mix. The breeder should also be willing to give you
care instructions if you need them.
Hope this helps.